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Dignity for All by Pamela Gerloff, Robert W. Fuller

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chapter sevenIdentifying and Targeting Rankism

“Rankism is far more encompassing than racism, sexism, or ageism. Rankism must be our prime target from now on.”

—Studs Terkel, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Working and The Good War

Once we can talk about rankism, we can start to target it specifically, stopping it wherever we find it. To do that, we need to first identify rankism in our own attitudes and behaviors, as well as in others’.

Identifying Rankism in Ourselves and Others

Rankism can be harder to identify in yourself than in other people, but it is also easier to correct. Hard as it may be to change yourself, it is usually easier to change your own attitudes and behaviors than it is to persuade, convince, or force others to change ...

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